Author: Tom Cummings

The predictive value of Fiksu data: Apple earnings prediction for Q1 2017

We talk about data a lot at Fiksu. Not surprisingly, it’s almost exclusively through the lens of mobile performance marketing, our specialty. But our massive pipe of mobile data (over 4 billion device profiles and counting) can be used for a lot more than just improving ad targeting: it can also be used to glean higher level industry insights. We recently looked at data around the release of the last three standard-size iPhones and compared those numbers to subsequent earnings statements from Apple. We found an alignment between phone adoption in the first 90 days and whether or not Apple…..

Remarketing, retargeting, what’s the difference? Plenty.

Retargeting and remarketing are two terms that we often see used synonymously and interchangeably. Both refer to the act of re-engaging people who are already in your funnel. Distinctions are often drawn in other channels like desktop, where retargeting may mean serving display ads to someone who has visited your site and remarketing can mean following up with an email. For the purposes of mobile user acquisition, it’s time to draw some clear distinctions: Remarketing: Using first-party data from a non-mobile channel in order to get customers to download and engage with your mobile app. Retargeting: Serving ads to people…..

Facebook’s new emojis could be more than just silly faces

I’m always pretty excited about new possibilities for improving ad targeting and performance on Facebook. I’ll admit, however, that my first reaction to the new reaction emojis was dislike—especially because there was no Dislike button, which is something I was really looking forward to using regularly. And when I heard there were six new options but it wasn’t a true Likert Scale (a 1 through 7 range of Strongly Dislike to Strongly Like) I got a little more bummed. But after some more thought, I gotta admit, the potential is pretty impressive. For those unaware, in addition to the Like…..

Block this: in-app blockers no immediate threat to mobile advertisers

Update: As we were finalizing this post, Apple did in fact remove Been Choice from the App Store, citing privacy concerns. Whether it comes back in an altered form or not, Tom’s advice is worth keeping mind before you do anything drastic. — Ed. The recent hype around ad blocking on iOS devices, including coverage of a new app that helps you block ads within apps, doesn’t mean app marketers need to panic. We already covered why the web ad blocking introduced in iOS 9 shouldn’t be much of a concern for advertisers, but here’s why even more comprehensive blockers like…..